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Literary Event, Wed 13 Mar 2019, £8

Literary Event

Literary Event


A multimedia poetry show, revisiting the life of Hedd Wyn and exploring the nature of loss and identity. Following a hugely successful first tour in 2017,Y Gadair Wag (The Empty Chair) returns to theatres and venues across Wales this February and March.

2017 marked 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) where thousands of soldiers were killed, with approximately 3,000 casualties among the 38th Welsh Division.

One of those who fell in battle wasHedd Wyn, the poet from Meirionnydd who died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead later that year. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered in Flanders, as he is in Wales, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss.

Created byIfor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, directed byIan Rowlandsand with digital art byJason Lye-Phillips, Y Gadair Wag | The Empty Chair explores themes of loss and identity; using film and experimental techniques to look at Hedd Wyn’s life and works alongside other poets of the First World War.

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Wed 13 Mar 2019 13:00 19:30


Tickets: £8.00.

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